OREA is on the job all year long. We represent the interests of retired teachers at the legislature, the governor's office, retirement and health insurance boards, state pension commission, and more. OREA listens to you and gives voice to your needs and concerns. Opportunities for active involvement are afforded to members eager to participate in OREA's advocacy programs.
Dear OREA Members and Friends:
The special session of the Oklahoma Legislature continues at a cost of approximately $30,000 per day of taxpayer money. Just think, that’s about the cost of paying one beginning teacher for a YEAR. A YEAR!
Late yesterday afternoon, sometime after 4:00 p.m., the Oklahoma State Senate approved, on a vote of 37-5, passage of an amended version of House Bill 1035X. Only 5 Republican Senators voted against it. The bill will now go to the Oklahoma House of Representatives for consideration.
This piece of legislation provides a way to fill the approximately $215 million budget hole. It is not where we want to be, but it will address the immediate crisis, including the cuts to the Oklahoma ADvantage program that allows our most at-risk seniors and disabled adults to live in a residential setting. The alternative is to place these citizens in nursing homes—if beds are